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Title: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: sledge_riprock on December 24, 2018, 01:33:13 PM
Here is a little Christmas present for all you bot builders:

The car with Tom Servo’s original engine block has finally been found!

Since 1992 I have searching for all of the original parts for the MST3K bots. Very little was know about the pieces and many were misidentified. For years it was thought that this engine block came from a truck or car called “Big Mike” or something similar. I placed print ads in magazines, searched catalogs and did thousands and thousands of eBay searches looking for this car. Finally after 26 years of looking I am proud to present “The Car”.

It is actually a dune buggy made by Talbot Toys in 1986. It is indeed pink as many had thought and measures 16 1/2” long. It has a removable roll cage and adjustable seat. The engine is screwed down to the back of the car.

The most surprising thing is that it was motorized. Under the engine is an electric motor and gears to power the rear wheels. The electrical leads from the  motor have been cut. I assume they lead to battery pack with a controller that made the car move forward and back.

On the roll cage one sticker says “Dune Buggy” but there appears to be a sticker missing from the very top of the cage that may have had the name of the buggy.

I know many of you are going to sprint to eBay looking another one of these. I’m already keeping a very close eye on eBay searches looking for a more complete version of this buggy. Hopefully one with the controller and stickers intact. If any of you find out any further info on the car I would appreciate it if you would share it here.

After all these years it is very satisfying to finally have acquired and identified all of the parts for Servo and Crow.

Have a Patrick Swayze Christmas one and all!

Robot Bob
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Oldeworldsmith on December 24, 2018, 02:13:29 PM
What an awesome reveal!!!  :D Truly a Holy Grail find! Thanks for sharing it with us  :)
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Ron on December 24, 2018, 02:14:16 PM
Amazing find, Bob!
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: jchertudi86 on December 24, 2018, 03:09:57 PM
What a delight.  I literally have had dreams about finding another one of these for the past few years so I could redeem myself.  I'm so glad someone found one.

The one I found all those years ago did not have the cage thing, and there was nothing to indicate it was motorized.  So apparently, I found an incomplete one.  However, it otherwise looks exactly as I remembered.  Pink car, black wheels, yellow steering wheel and, most of all, giant engine block.
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: askbotboy on December 24, 2018, 03:10:41 PM
Bob! Its a Christmas Miracle! Well done! It looks so out-of-place on the Dune Buggy doesn't it? I always thought it would be a dragster or big funny car. Wow!

Cheers!
Gary
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Sgt Nate V on December 24, 2018, 03:12:44 PM
In issue 5.2 of the Satellite News it said that the last door in the Mike Door sequence used the Buggy's wheel as the handle.
(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mst3k/images/d/d3/Mst3k5-10safe.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100425015318)

http://www.mst3kinfo.com/archives/issue5_2.pdf

(first page)

In all honesty, this is like finding the TAT Communications logo... although unlike that, this isn't cut off at the end!
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Ron on December 24, 2018, 03:21:15 PM
In issue 5.2 of the Satellite News it said that the last door in the Mike Door sequence used the Buggy's wheel as the handle.
(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mst3k/images/d/d3/Mst3k5-10safe.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100425015318)

http://www.mst3kinfo.com/archives/issue5_2.pdf

(first page)

It's not the same steering wheel... I just they just said that for fun (heh!)
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: erekson101 on December 24, 2018, 03:28:11 PM
Thanks for sharing. :)
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Snarkticon on December 24, 2018, 04:10:38 PM
Rob, this is truly an amazing find!
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: treadwell on December 24, 2018, 05:07:22 PM
WOW!!!

A couple years ago I thought I was on the right track looking for Formula 1 cars, because that's what Joel told me it was (ah, memory). I found something pretty close and thought it might be a promising direction, but obviously it wasn't. :)
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: superandroidtron on December 24, 2018, 07:20:26 PM
In issue 5.2 of the Satellite News it said that the last door in the Mike Door sequence used the Buggy's wheel as the handle.
(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/mst3k/images/d/d3/Mst3k5-10safe.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100425015318)

http://www.mst3kinfo.com/archives/issue5_2.pdf

(first page)

It's not the same steering wheel... I just they just said that for fun (heh!)

I believe this may be in reference to Servo's slot car from Warrior of the Lost World. It was just a platform with wheels, but it looked like it was an RC car that the body shell was ripped off of. Perhaps the wheel came from that?

Awesome find! Is this the last undiscovered part besides S1 Cambot's bowl eye, or are there still more?
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Carpeteria on December 24, 2018, 07:30:26 PM
Unreal! This is amazing stuff! Congrats on the find, man.
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Zander Bricks on December 25, 2018, 05:17:28 PM
Nice find! ;) I'm happy you shared this! :D Although, I'm having a problem with researching what Talbot Toys is. :P
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Gamer1st on December 27, 2018, 01:00:56 AM
I know beauty can be in the eye of the beholder but Wow is that one seriously pug-fuggly car.
The thing looks like it was designed from random parts laying around or a bunch of found items cobbled together.
Aside from bot building you wouldn’t want that under your Christmas tree.
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: 1984gojifan on December 27, 2018, 01:28:48 PM
BOB! THANK YOU!!!!! HALLELUJAH!!!!
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: shorty1k on December 28, 2018, 11:21:59 AM
I honestly never thought we'd see the day this was found. What a huge find. Thank you so much! I hope one of us can get their hands on one. It's really neat seeing it for its "intended" use.
Title: Re: Tom Servo's Engine Block Found!...Finally
Post by: Zander Bricks on December 31, 2018, 08:55:36 AM
I honestly never thought we'd see the day this was found. What a huge find. Thank you so much! I hope one of us can get their hands on one. It's really neat seeing it for its "intended" use.
It'd be really hard to get our hands on one considering how obscure Talbot Toys is. If anything, I'd suggest researching the company first before us bot builders find another one.  :P